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07 January 2015

The Straits Times Index (STI) ended +16.41 points higher or +0.50% to 3298.36, taking the year-to-date performance to -1.98%.

The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index gained +0.50% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index gained +0.10%. The top active stocks were SingTel (+0.52%), DBS (-0.15%), UOB (+0.52%), Keppel Corp (+0.36%) and SIA (+2.40%).

The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index (+1.23%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Real Estate Holding and Development Index are Hongkong Land Holdings (+4.81%) and Global Logistic Properties (unchanged). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Health Care Index, which declined -0.82% with Raffles Medical Group’s share price declining -1.53% and Biosensors International Group’s share price unchanged.

The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the SPDR Gold Shares (+0.27%), DBXT MSCI Asia Ex Japan ETF (+0.55%), United SSE China ETF (unchanged).

The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaCom Trust (+4.04%), CapitaMall Trust (+2.97%), Suntec REIT (+0.78%).

The most active index warrants by value today were HSI24000MBeCW150129 (+11.54%), HSI23600MBeCW150226 (+13.04%), HSI23200MBePW150129 (-18.67%).

The most active stock warrants by value today were KepCorp MBeCW150602 (+4.82%), DBS MB eCW150602 (+3.06%), DBS MB ePW150402 (-5.36%).
 Singapore Stock Market
                               Wednesday                     Tuesday
*ST Index         3,298.36  +16.41        3,281.95  -46.33
Volume:                    1,865M                          1,356M
Value:                  $1,085.5M                     $1,243.1M
Gainers/Losers:     217/181                          126/286


Trade Summary
Date As of:     07 January 2015    
Description                 Volume                           Value           Frequency
ETF                                 3,600                    2,990,000                      33
Stock               8,333,644,027    5,728,197,274,122            281,700
Right                                  300                               300                      03
Warrant                 34,970,921            1,864,700,742                1,017
Total                8,368,618,848     5,730,064,965,164            282,753


Thai bourse highlights GMS Connector role at Thai Corporate Day 2015

BANGKOK, January 7, 2015 - The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), has joined hands with Maybank Kim Eng Securities (Thailand) pcl to organize "SET-Thai Corporate Day 2015: Thailand, ASEAN's Gateway to GMS" on Jan 26 - 27 in Bangkok,
reinforcing SET's positioning as an investment hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion.
SET President Kesara Manchusree said that the event was to accommodate global investors an access to investment products in the subregion through Thailand, a fundraising center of GMS, in line with the continuous growth ready for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) launch. Finance Minister Sommai Phasee would preside over the event and give a speech on the outlook of Thai economy and investment. More than 40 Thai listed companies which have businesses, investment, or branches in GMS, with combined market capitalization of THB 3.4 trillion (approximately USD 104.5 billion), or 25 percent of the total market value (data as of Jan 6, 2015), would participate in the event to present their strengths and effectiveness to institutional investors from all over the world.
"Currently, there are more than 100 Thai listed firms, or 17 percent of total  listed companies, owning businesses in GMS. Moreover, companies in GMS have realized the benefits of raising funds from Thailand via listing on the Thai stock exchange, i.e. holding companies and REITs and also the upcoming channels, primary listing, secondary listing, and infrastructure funds expected to start this year. This synergy will enhance the economy, trade investment and capabilities of people in the region," added Kesara.
Maybank Kim Eng Securities (Thailand) Co-CEO Montree Sornpaisarn said, "Thailand is regarded as an attractive country for investment. Despite Thai economic downturn from political uncertainties in 2014, Thai economy has gradually recovered from the fourth quarter onwards, as a result of rising consumption and economic stimulus measures from the Thai government. In 2015, Thai economic growth is expected to grow by 4 percent, which will help enhance Thai capital market investment. Thailand has become a regional investment hub due to the Thai capital market's product varieties, efficiency and internationalized processes."

Trading Summary

As of   7 January  2015         Unit: M.Baht
Type                            Buy                   Sell                 Net
Institution           5,684.53          4,418.40          1,266.12     
Proprietary         5,842.59          4,130.26          1,712.33     
Foreign                8,352.41       11,010.18         -2,657.77     
Individual           28,110.71       28,431.40            -320.68     
Total Trading Value     47,990.25 M.Baht


Vietnam index ends up 0.4 pct, uptrend expected

Vietnam's benchmark VN Index  rose 0.43 percent at the close on Wednesday as investors bought big-cap shares, especially the banking sector, while analysts bet on further rises.
 Dairy product maker Vinamilk , the country's second biggest firm by market value, rose 2.08 percent to a closing high of more than three weeks, while PetroVietNam Gas rebounded from early sell-off to end up 1.47 percent.
Most banks advanced on expectations of good earnings by the sector in 2015 as lower bad debts would allow lenders to focus on growth and expanding credits, said analyst Pham Van Khoa of VNDIRECT Securities.
Hanoi-based BIDV  led the lenders to climb 3.03 percent while Vietcombank , top bank by market value, fell on profit taking, ending off 1.18 percent from a closing high of more than five years reached in the previous session.
Analysts expected the index to rise gradually in coming weeks, led by big-caps.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index   at the close .     
                           VN Index       552.05              
                  PREV. CLOSE       549.66              
                     % CHANGE        0.43%              
                       HIGH       555.83              
                        LOW       548.44              


SE Asia Stocks-Thai index snaps losing streak; Malaysia trims losses

Thai stocks snapped four days of losses on Wednesday as bargain hunting emerged in banks after positive consumer confidence data in December while Malaysian shares trimmed losses amid a rise in the ringgit and strong trade data in November.
 Thai SET index   closed up 1.6 percent, erasing some of the 12.9 percent loss over the past four trading days, after a university survey showed consumer confidence in Thailand hit an 18-month high in December.
 Shares of state-run Krung Thai Bank   jumped 4.2 percent, the biggest single-day gain since November 2013. Krung Thai shares gained snapping a three-day losing streak, which  sent the stock to a more than six month low.
 "Many brokers had a buy call in many battered stocks today.

But the market's near-term rally would be capped by long-term equity fund redemptions," said strategist Viwat Techapoonpol at Tisco Securities.
 Stocks in Singapore   and Indonesia    also rebounded amid gains in other Asian stock markets.
In Kuala Lumpur, the key stock index   closed down 0.4 percent, trimming some of its early loss, while the ringgit   won brief reprieve after the strong export and trade balance data in November.
 Market                   Current       Prev Close    Pct Move
 Singapore            3298.36          3281.95           +0.50
 Kuala Lumpur     1709.18          1716.58            -0.43
 Bangkok              1500.75          1477.58            +1.57
 Jakarta                 5207.12          5169.06            +0.74
 Manila                 7309.70          7277.74            +0.44
 Ho Chi Minh         552.05             549.66           +0.43

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This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






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